The city beach in Auckland is one of New Zealand’s busiest. To minimize the impact of heavy foot traffic to a new restaurant at the historic Melanesian Mission building, Herbst Architects and Katie Lockhart relied on the surrounding landscape. Katie enlisted her brother Jared Lockhart, the landscape designer and co-owner of Garden Objects in Auckland, to build out the courtyard and to unify the project’s historic and modern architectural elements.
“I avoided straight lines and looked to soften and blur the junction between paving, gravel, and grass where possible,” he says. Working with a restrained materials palette of crushed limestone (also known as “hoggin”) and local New Zealand schist stone pavers, Lockhart came up with a creative solution inspired by a bach (pronounced batch), “the simple holiday houses on the north island of New Zealand—very relaxed, and nothing too flashy.” Here’s a look.